Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


The number of college students in Croatia is on the decline. Enrolment numbers in the fall of 2017/2018 compared to the previous academic year were down by 930 students, announced the National Bureau of Statistics.

In total 159,430 students enrolled this academic year in Croatia. From this number 57 percent were female, which continues the trend over the past few years in Croatia of more women students that male.

Out of the total number of students for this academic year 80 percent enrolled in universities, almost 14 percent in universities of applied science, 4 percent in professional higher education schools and 1.4 percent in art academies. 72 percent of students are full-time students.

The height of the summer season is here and Dubrovnik is alive with tourists enjoying the sights and sounds of the ancient city.

The three main entrances into the historic core are busy from morning till night with the entrance on Pile by far the busiest. Just how busy…well see for yourselves.

This video shows just one minute of the crowds entering the city, can you count the number of visitors?

Green Sail, an organization that creates a platform for the development of nautical tourism by suggesting preventive and corrective measures for Croatian marinas and charters, filmed a video about the problem of releasing black water from different types of vessels in Croatia.

Numerous charter companies, marinas and other tourist companies in Croatia have been delighted to promote green practices to their employees, associates and guests after British company, Sail Croatia, founded the Green Sail initiative, following the lead of other Western countries. The interest to participate was also demonstrated by other institutions and organizations in the region who assessed the initiative's programs as those of great quality.

Nowadays, marine pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems and it can have serious consequences on the living conditions of marine flora and fauna. Although the nautical sector faces numerous other problems, it should not be neglected that the sea can be polluted by pathogens, nutrients, chemicals, detergents, pesticides and heavy metals from faecal wastewater. This can lead to many health problems and at the same time, can jeopardize marine systems and the economy.


The current practice of releasing faecal waters from vessels has been discussed with the Head of the Department of Maritime Studies at the University of Dubrovnik, Žarko Koboević (PhD). He pointed out that the process of education and raising people’s awareness about this issue is quite slow. "Croatian legislation does not have strict or detailed regulations as to how far away from the shore certain waste can be discharged without being sanctioned", says Professor Koboević, who wrote his doctoral thesis on "The Model of Sea Pollution by Black Waters from Vessels".

The safe discharge of black tanks in marinas is rare due to the small number of marinas that offer this service. A lot more needs to be done and it is only precise laws and enhanced controls that can make the necessary changes to the discharge of faecal water from vessels across the Adriatic coast.

Green Sail is a non-profit initiative founded to promote sustainable tourism and environmentally friendly practices within the nautical sector, as well as to prevent pollution of the sea and the marine environment.

During July, there were 410,626 arrivals and 2,066,277 overnight stays in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is roughly equal to the figures from July 2017.

From the beginning of the year until the end of July 1.2 million tourists have arrived in the county and achieved 4.6 million overnight stays. This is an increase in tourist arrivals of 6 percent and overnight stays of 4 percent compared to the same period from last year.

Most overnight stays were made by guests from the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and France.

And the indicators from the tourism industry is that the end of the season could well be just as busy as the main season. Airlines will generally fly a couple of weeks later into the year than last year, and with the introduction of a few airlines through the winter period 2018 could well go into the record books as the best year ever for Dubrovnik tourism.

Croatia’s World Cup team are going to be honoured with a special commemorative medal to acknowledge their exploits at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Croatian Monetary Institute will produce a special medal with the Croatian shirt and it is sure to be a collector’s piece. Priced at 199 Kuna the medal will be released at the end of this month and is engraved with the words “Runners Up.” It weighs 24 grams and is 3.7 cm in diameter.

If you would like to reserve your medal you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Croatia’s silver winning World Cup team are in high demand from the leading European football clubs and the latest possible transfer surrounds another midfield ace. According to reports in the Italian media the Inter Milan player and star of the World Cup in Russia, Marcelo Brozović, is on the radar of Tottenham. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to bolster his midfield and he has Brozović in his sights.

Pochettino sees Brozović as the perfect solution for his midfield and is hoping to make the deal before the end of the transfer window. Allegedly Marcelo is also ready to move to London, and the transfer is very close to realization with only the last details remaining.

The 25-year-old Croat arrived at Inter in the summer of 2016 from Zagreb's Dinamo. He has played 112 games for the Italian club and scored 18 goals and has 19 assists.

Brozović attracted potential buyers with his outstanding performances in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he set a record for the distance covered in one game, against England in the semi-finals, with 16 kilometres and 339 metres.

The Dubrovnik dolphin adventure continues. After the amazing dolphin photo that we received yesterday comes another beauty and even a short video.

The dolphin was spotted by Tom James from New Zealand and the video was taken as he made his way out of the marina and towards the Elaphite Islands.

Check out this amazing video

Summer in Dubrovnik traditionally means an influx of celebrities from all over the world and this summer it is business as usual. After the supermodel Naomi Campbell cruised in on a luxury yacht yesterday was the turn of one of the richest men in the world, Paul Allen, or at least his mega yacht.

Paul Allen (65) is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates. In February 2018, he was estimated to be the 43rd-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $25 billion.

His yacht, Tatoosh, at 92metres in length is the 43rd longest privately owned yacht in the world and certainly turned heads as she pulled into the Port of Dubrovnik yesterday.

Originally built for mobile phone magnate Craig McCaw, Tatoosh was built at Rendsburg in Germany by Nobiskrug and completed in June 2000. She was purchased by Paul Allen in 2001 at a reported cost of $100 million.

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